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Scientists decode genome of painted turtle, revealing clues to extraordinary adaptations
Date:4/10/2013

of human-caused habitat loss and modification. But it is their popularity on restaurant menus and dinner tables, particularly in Asia, that is the biggest reason for the global decline, Shaffer said.

"The challenge is to preserve the rich diversity of living turtles that still exist as we continue to unravel their secrets for success," Shaffer said. "Turtles have a tremendous amount to tell us about evolution and human health, but their time is running out unless we act to protect them."


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